[Marxism] Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse - CounterPunch.org

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/15/abrupt-ecosystem-collapse/

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[Marxism] Marx to Kugelmann In Hanover.” London, July 11, 1868

2020-04-15 Thread John A Imani via Marxism
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“Every child knows a nation which ceased to work, I will not say for a
year, but even for a few weeks, would perish.” <#sdfootnote1sym>


*https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1868/letters/68_07_11-abs.htm
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[Marxism] Prepare For The Ultimate Gaslighting | Cognoscenti

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how to “reopen” and 
move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get 
back to normal.


Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging and media 
content to make you feel comfortable again. It will come in traditional 
forms — a billboard here, commercials there — and in new-media forms, 
like memes.


https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/04/14/gaslighting-coronavirus-julio-vincent-gambuto


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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-Nationalism]: Maginn on Gaffield, 'The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context and Legacy'

2020-04-15 Thread Andrew Stewart via Marxism
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From: H-Net Staff via H-REVIEW 
Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 5:12 PM
Subject: H-Net Review [H-Nationalism]: Maginn on Gaffield, 'The Haitian
Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context and Legacy'
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Julia Gaffield, ed.  The Haitian Declaration of Independence:
Creation, Context and Legacy.  Charlottesville  University of
Virginia Press, 2016.  296 pp.  $39.50 (cloth), ISBN
978-0-8139-3788-5.

Reviewed by Andrew Maginn (Howard University)
Published on H-Nationalism (April, 2020)
Commissioned by Evan C. Rothera

While at the National Archives of the United Kingdom in February
2010, Julia Gaffield made an incredible discovery of a document
feared lost to history: one of the original government-printed
versions of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. At the same
archive, a little over a year later, Gaffield's success was matched
by finding a broadside of the same declaration. These findings have
had a profound impact on the scholarly community as evidenced by a
conference on this topic in 2013 at the Robert H. Smith International
Center for Jefferson Studies. The edited volume, _The Haitian
Declaration of Independence, _a result of that conference, invites
everyone to reflect upon the great strides made in Haitian studies
through this find, as recounted by leading scholars.

The eleven essays in _The Haitian Declaration of Independence_ are
split into three sections that provide insight "on the creation and
dissemination of the declaration, on its content and reception, and
on its afterlives in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first
centuries" (p. 10). As the authors explore these themes, they provide
the reader with a snapshot of the latest historiography and
methodology on the early Haitian republic. One important element of
this text is the contemporary historical debates that occur between
the contributors. For example, the question of authorship of the
declaration excites some lively discussion. While Deborah Jenson
credits the leader of Haiti in 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, with
most of the intellectual content of the document, both David Geggus
and John Garrigus give more credit to its scribe, Louis Félix
Boisrond-Tonnerre. It is through such strong debates within the
essays that scholars learn the importance of the Haitian Declaration
of Independence.

The first section, "Writing the Declaration," contains four essays
that provide important insights into the motivation, text, and
authorship of this pivotal historical document. The essay by David
Geggus provides a clear entry to the discussion, ensuring the reader
understands that the declaration found in 2010 reflects a unique
revolution. This is followed by a chapter by Garrigus, which examines
the man he considers to be the intellectual author of the Haitian
Declaration of Independence, Boisrond-Tonnerre. Garrigus adds to the
historiography by providing insight on Boisrond-Tonnerre's family,
education, and connections, using French colonial records as well as
Boisrond-Tonnerre's published narrative. Patrick Tradieu analyzes
Haitian publications between November 1803 and January 1804 to assist
in understanding the early Haitian state. This includes a discussion
of Jean-Jacques Dessalines's November 29 proclamation, another
document currently lost to history, whose importance in comparison
the Haitian Declaration of Independence has been debated throughout
historiography. Deborah Jenson's essay closes the section, broadening
the scholarly discussion of this volume by analyzing the "alphabetic
and print culture" within Dessalines's Declaration of Independence
using the conceptual metaphor theory (p. 73).

The second section, "Haitian Independence and the Atlantic," contains
three essays that reflect on the uniqueness of the Haitian founding
in both writing and action. Malick W. Ghachem provides a wonderful
introduction by examining how the legal aspect of the declaration can
be interpreted as a "collection of pronouncements or acts" that
separated Haiti from colonial racial plantation slavery (p. 97). This
mission within the founding document highlights a major difference
between the Haitian Revolution and other revolutions that marked the
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Jeremy D. Popkin's
chapter, using the recently discovered memoir of Norbert Thoret,
reflects on the anti-French aspect of the Haitian Declaration of
Independence that in turn provided a justification for the 1804
massacres of the French who remained in Haiti. This anti-French
mentality also appears in Philippe Girard's contribution. Girard
examined the text of the declaration to prove 

[Marxism] Motorcycle Madness | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Spoiler alert. Totally apolitical.

https://louisproyect.org/2020/04/15/motorcycle-madness/

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Re: [Marxism] LINKS publishes pro-Assad tankie

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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On 4/15/20 5:16 PM, Chris Slee via Marxism wrote:

Links does not aspire to complete unanimity amongst its contributors.


Yeah, but Smith, who was on Marxmail a decade ago, is like Max 
Blumenthal. Blumenthal writes some good stuff on Cuba as well but he has 
no business being given a platform on a radical magazine or newspaper.


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[Marxism] MLB proposes radical moves for the 2020 season, and the “Socialist Southpaw” – People's World

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://peoplesworld.org/article/mlb-proposes-radical-moves-for-the-2020-season-and-the-socialist-southpaw/

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Re: [Marxism] LINKS publishes pro-Assad tankie

2020-04-15 Thread Chris Slee via Marxism
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The bulk of the article is an informative account of the media war against Cuba.

There are also some comments on Syria, China etc that are wrong, but these are 
peripheral to the main theme of the article.

Links does not aspire to complete unanimity amongst its contributors.

Chris Slee

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LINKS international journal of socialist renewal http://links.org.au/
has published a book review of Keith Bolender’s "Manufacturing the
Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba: A case study of corporate media
disinformation"  published last year by Pluto Press.
http://links.org.au/keith-bolender-manufacturing-the-enemy-the-media-war-against-cuba

The reviewer is Stansfield Smith, an active pro-Assad tankie in the
U.S.  In order to spread his views from this platform, Smith disagrees
with the author under review:
"We should never underestimate the shrewdness of US disinformation,
with has affected Bolender to a degree. For example, Bolender
describes USAID’s Zunzuneo project as analogous to Russian social
media operations in 2016 (p.188). In reality, this entire Russiagate
story itself was a disinformation campaign. Bolender again falls for
corporate media disinformation by calling the US-NATO war on Syria a
“civil war” (p.6). We can be quite knowledgeable about some
disinformation campaigns, but even the most astute among us can be
taken in by others."

Smith recommends Bolender's exposure of numerous U.S. government and
media lies but apparently is disappointed that Bolender does not help
him spread Assadist propaganda.

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[Marxism] Review of *The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe*, by Terry Irving | John Green | The Morning Star

2020-04-15 Thread Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo via Marxism
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https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/fatal-lure-politics-terry-irving


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[Marxism] A Postmortem on Bernie Sanders and Palestine - Steve Salaita

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://stevesalaita.com/a-postmortem-on-bernie-sanders-and-palestine/

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[Marxism] Erased from utopia: the hidden history of LA's black and brown resistance | Mike Davis and Jon Wiener | The Guardian

2020-04-15 Thread Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo via Marxism
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/15/los-angeles-black-brown-activism-1960s


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[Marxism] Rob Wallace

2020-04-15 Thread John Reimann via Marxism
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“agribusiness is opposed to public health as a matter of principle... in
essence that command has to be broken in order to get to the promised land
in a way that inputs and outputs reach each other (If continued) that
system will collapse of its own weight and it takes everybody with them
If we are alienating our means by which we grow food... we are in essence
alienating the very planet on which we depend Profound shifts in our
relationships between each other and the planet... are going to be
required.”
Rob Wallace

on
today's webinar.

-- 
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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Re: [Marxism] LINKS publishes pro-Assad tankie

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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On 4/15/20 4:38 AM, Dayne Goodwin via Marxism wrote:

Smith recommends Bolender's exposure of numerous U.S. government and
media lies but apparently is disappointed that Bolender does not help
him spread Assadist propaganda.


In the first paragraph of this toxic article, Smith takes the Chinese 
side against the Uyghurs. Disgusting.


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[Marxism] bellingcat - Did These Syrian Generals Watch A Chemical Attack On A Hospital? - bellingcat

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/04/15/did-these-syrian-generals-watch-a-chemical-attack-on-a-hospital/

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[Marxism] A Party of Our Own — Red Wedge

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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April 14, 2020 Adam Turl and Saman Sepehri

The marginalization and removal of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic 
Party primary has once again proven that the party is inherently hostile 
to its working-class “base.” Thousands across the country are rightly 
concluding that we need our own independent socialist working class 
party. But how should we go about furthering this break? There are those 
who preach imprudent patience. There are comrades who argue that we have 
to wait for objective conditions to ripen further. There are those who 
argue against a “premature break” with the Democratic Party. And there 
are many more who are simply uncertain about how to proceed. Reaching 
this point during a devastating pandemic and economic crisis further 
complicates but underlines the urgency of this discussion. The following 
is in no way conclusive but is meant as a contribution against bleak 
passivity.


full: http://www.redwedgemagazine.com/online-issue/party-4-ur-right-2-fight

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[Marxism] Facing Reality: The Socialist Left, the Sanders Campaign and Our Future - New Politics

2020-04-15 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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By Charles Post and Ashley Smith

https://newpol.org/facing-reality-the-socialist-left-the-sanders-campaign-and-our-future/

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[Marxism] LINKS publishes pro-Assad tankie

2020-04-15 Thread Dayne Goodwin via Marxism
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LINKS international journal of socialist renewal http://links.org.au/
has published a book review of Keith Bolender’s "Manufacturing the
Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba: A case study of corporate media
disinformation"  published last year by Pluto Press.
http://links.org.au/keith-bolender-manufacturing-the-enemy-the-media-war-against-cuba

The reviewer is Stansfield Smith, an active pro-Assad tankie in the
U.S.  In order to spread his views from this platform, Smith disagrees
with the author under review:
"We should never underestimate the shrewdness of US disinformation,
with has affected Bolender to a degree. For example, Bolender
describes USAID’s Zunzuneo project as analogous to Russian social
media operations in 2016 (p.188). In reality, this entire Russiagate
story itself was a disinformation campaign. Bolender again falls for
corporate media disinformation by calling the US-NATO war on Syria a
“civil war” (p.6). We can be quite knowledgeable about some
disinformation campaigns, but even the most astute among us can be
taken in by others."

Smith recommends Bolender's exposure of numerous U.S. government and
media lies but apparently is disappointed that Bolender does not help
him spread Assadist propaganda.

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